Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Indianapolis certainly didn't disappoint in his three-year-old debut in the $75,460 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Monday. By pulling away in the stretch to score by 4 1/4 lengths, the well-regarded colt had his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert plotting a path to the Kentucky Derby.
Indianapolis stalked just off the rail as Rockin Home led the four-horse field through a quick opening quarter in :21 4/5. After putting a head in front around the far turn to post a half-mile in :44 4/5, the son of Medaglia d'Oro inched away from his rivals at the top of the stretch. But the farther they went, the stronger he looked, powering home in 1:08 4/5 for the six-furlong test over the fast main track.
Papa Turf got up for second, while it was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Beach Hut in third. Rockin Home brought up the rear. Elmonte Cristo was scratched.
With Martin Garcia up, Indianapolis was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and paid his backers $3.20 for the win. The dark bay banked $46,200 in his first stakes victory to boost his bankroll to $73,200 from just two career starts. He broke his maiden by a length in his only start as a two-year-old on November 24 at Hollywood Park.
Bred in Kentucky by Turner Breeders, Indianapolis is a half-brother to Grade 3 scorers Heart Ashley and Ashley's Kitty. They were produced by the Grade 2-placed Beau Genius mare Pretty 'n Smart, who is herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 victress Hostess.
Indianapolis sold for $490,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale.